Jerry R. Hobbs

Explores computational linguistics, ontology, discourse analysis and other areas to improve computers’ ability to derive meaning from human language.

ISI News

Collaborating to Combat Cyberwar: DETER Team Wins Federal Government Award

Cyberwar knows no geographic boundaries, but neither does ISI's award-winning Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research (DETER) group.

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Unlocking the Gate: ISI Team Wins Recognition for New FPGA Approach

A team headed by Matthew French, a senior supervising computer scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute, is garnering attention for a novel approach to coding field programmable gate array (FPGA) chips.

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Test Drive: Terry Benzel Joins California Transportation Commission Evaluation

California is known both for a cheery, idealized car culture and the grinding reality of traffic and sometimes dangerously polluted air. Undergirding those opposing images: 50,000 miles of aging roads, highways and freeways that continually must be maintained and repaired with gas-tax funding.

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Better Than Ever

July 13, 2017

ISI today attracts more federal research funding than at any comparable time in its 45-year history. And the growing institute recently opened a new office in Greater Boston.

For more than four decades, the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI) has made an outsize contribution to advancing information processing, computer and communications technologies.

ISI, a unit of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and one of the nation's most impactful university-affiliated computer research institutes, helped create the protocol architecture of the Internet; invented and developed the Domain Name System (.com, .net, etc.); and features the gold standard of cybersecurity groups in DETERLab. Its areas of expertise include intelligent systems, such as natural language, and machine translation; informatics focused on medical applications; novel electronics; and high-performance computing, including quantum techniques.

ISI's distinguished past notwithstanding, the institute's present and future hold even more promise. As it prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversary, ISI has attracted more government funding for more major projects in the last couple of years than at any time in its history. In 2016 alone, research awards exceeded $100 million in federal dollars.

Under the leadership of Prem Natarajan, a former executive vice president and principal scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, ISI has also just opened a new office in Greater Boston to complement its facilities in Marina del Rey and Northern Virginia.Read More

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Events

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Aug 02Prof. Fabio MassacciCyber Security Seminar

The Work Averse Attacker Model: the *real* attacker model and its evidence from 2millions attack signatures.

2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Aug 04Andres AbelukAI Seminar - Interview talk

Optimizing Collective Behavior in Cultural Markets

11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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Feature Story

Better Than Ever

July 13, 2017

ISI today attracts more federal research funding than at any comparable time in its 45-year history. And the growing institute recently opened a new office in Greater Boston.

For more than four decades, the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI) has made an outsize contribution to advancing information processing, computer and communications technologies.

ISI, a unit of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and one of the nation's most impactful university-affiliated computer research institutes, helped create the protocol architecture of the Internet; invented and developed the Domain Name System (.com, .net, etc.); and features the gold standard of cybersecurity groups in DETERLab. Its areas of expertise include intelligent systems, such as natural language, and machine translation; informatics focused on medical applications; novel electronics; and high-performance computing, including quantum techniques.

ISI's distinguished past notwithstanding, the institute's present and future hold even more promise. As it prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversary, ISI has attracted more government funding for more major projects in the last couple of years than at any time in its history. In 2016 alone, research awards exceeded $100 million in federal dollars.

Under the leadership of Prem Natarajan, a former executive vice president and principal scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, ISI has also just opened a new office in Greater Boston to complement its facilities in Marina del Rey and Northern Virginia.Read More